Survey of Library Guides to African Studies

Recently many libraries switched to a software called LibGuide (Springshare).  Here are some noteworthy examples for these “Guides to resources for African Studies research”:

Some further Guides (not with LibGuide):

Finally, some Guides from Germany in German:


Sabinet E-Journals via Interlibrary Loan

Access to e-journals via interlibrary loans has often not been possible. It is therefore noteworthy that, since October 2009, articles from 18 South African e-journals hosted by Sabinet can be ordered in Germany via interlibrary loan from Frankfurt University Library. Before, these journals were not accessible in Germany (not even in print).

Following interdisciplinary E-Journals are available:


Social Sciences:




Open Access Guides for Africa

See two recent Open Access Guides especially for Africa:

  • Special Africa” on the website “Open Access to scientifique communication”. Hans DILLAERTS and Hélène BOSC want to present, select and organize current information about Open Access.  (In French)
  • Open Access Guide for researchers based in Africa: Cheap or free Access to Databases and E-Journals” – a list provided by the internet library sub-saharan Africa (ilissAfrica) (In French)

And two recent examples for “best practice”:

  • Journal of African Economies – OUP offers academic, research and educational institutions within developing countries free (or greatly reduced) online access to JAE (further details)
  • HSRC Press is South Africa’s open access publisher committed to the dissemination of high quality social science research based publications, in print and electronic form. The Press publishes the research output of the Human Science Research Council and externally authored works.

Africa on the move – new perspectives on development / Frankfurt

A series of lectures organised by Frankfurt University, ZIAF, GTZ, SID and KfW taking place in Frankfurt from October 2010 to February 2011. Uta Ruppert and Rainer Klump invited prominent speakers like Patrick Chabal, Andreas Eckert or Dieter Neubert among many others. The topics include China and Africa, Regionalism, climate change …

See the full programme as PDF or the website for place and dates.